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Dalton Thomas, retired president of Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, will be honored in May as Apple Citizen of the Year in the 100th annual Washington Apple Blossom Festival.

SALEM, Ore. — When Chris Sarles joined Oregon Fruit Products as CEO five years ago, the longtime West Salem, Ore., company was already looking to leave its original facility and move into a ne…

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A small Washington tree fruit company, with a storied past and a rare business model, seeks to slowly expand its market niche while labor costs and other pressures have pushed companies of sim…

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The Washington Apple Commission is seeking $10.7 million in additional overseas apple promotion money due to estimated damage from retaliatory tariffs.

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The Middle East has been declining as a Washington apple export market and that’s accelerating because of increased competition from Europe and Turkey.

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Growers were excited about nematodes being used to attack tree fruit pests. It was one of many pest-related presentations at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting.

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More than 100 agricultural groups, farms and businesses and the National Council of Agricultural Employers are asking Congress to stop large increases in the minimum wage for H-2A-visa foreign…

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A bacteria, called fire blight, that kills apple and pear trees has been increasing the last three springs in Washington. Tree fruit growers spent a morning listening to experts on it. There a…

The president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association says the industry needs new tactics in dealing with more leftist Legislature.

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The National Council of Agricultural Employers and U.S. Apple Association are pursuing an appropriations amendment to stop large increases in the minimum wage for H-2A-visa foreign guestworker…

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Pinot noir is one of the finickiest grapes, but with proper nurturing it produces an amazing wine. Officials in Oregon and at a U.S. government agency are similarly finicky,…

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A Napa Valley winery at the center of a labeling dispute in Oregon has agreed to put new labels on two brands of Oregon Pinot noir, following an investigation by federal regulators.

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Thanksgiving traditionally means food, family and football on TV, but for Willamette Valley wineries it also ushers in one of the biggest and most important sales weekends of the year.

COLFAX, Wash. — Proprietary Variety Management, a Yakima company helping Washington State University with commercialization of the Cosmic Crisp apple, has been granted a temporary restraining …

PARIS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is partly right but far from completely correct when he says that France’s “big tariffs” make it hard for American vintners to sell their wines to the French.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good…

A federal judge has refused to force a major Northwest hop company to honor its distribution agreement with an Australian brewery supplier it accuses of contract violations.

Employers hiring H-2A-visa agricultural and H-2B-visa non-agricultural foreign guestworkers would be required to advertise for domestic workers online instead of through print media, according…

SYDNEY (AP) — A former strawberry farm supervisor was accused in court Monday of retaliating over a workplace grievance by putting needles into the fruit, sparking recalls that devastated the …

Agriculture lost some moderate friends in the U.S. House in Tuesday’s election but now has opportunity to educate new members on immigration and the need for a dependable, legal farm workforce…

WENATCHEE, Wash. — August through October pear harvest is over and now the Pacific Northwest pear industry is about three months into packing and shipping a near record crop of 20.4 million, 4…

The number of H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers reached a record 242,762 this year, up more than 18 percent for the fifth year in a row, as farmers continue to look outside the U.S. for help with…

Raspberry growers and importers have voted against continuing a national checkoff for promoting and researching the processed crop seven years after overwhelmingly approving the program.

New wastewater-disposal regulations imposed by the Washington Department of Ecology will collectively cost 68 of the state’s larger wineries more than $200,000 the first year, under a departme…

CASHMERE, Wash. — It’s crunch time for pear packing at Blue Star Growers Inc., a grower-owned cooperative, in the heart of Washington’s Wenatchee Valley and the heart of the state’s pear production.

PORTLAND — Angela Daniels, experienced in communications, marketing and event planning and a frequent guest on Portland’s live television morning show, AM Northwest, has been hired as event co…

OROVILLE, Wash. — The apple clearwing moth, a European apple tree killer, is taking a toll in British Columbia and probably has been on the U.S. side of the border for a number of years, a Can…

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — In California’s Central Valley, the nation’s great fruit-and-nut basket, voters like Lou Waller could help determine which party controls the U.S. House.

PROSSER, Wash. — Two of three strains of Little Cherry Disease “are well into epidemic levels” in cherry orchards throughout Central Washington and if they keep spreading eventually will impac…

SELAH, Wash. — A lawsuit alleging a Selah fruit company blacklisted workers who previously went on strike has been settled out of court with the company agreeing to rehire the workers in 2019 …

CHELAN, Wash. — Lucy Rose and Lucy Glo apples, from Chelan Fresh Marketing, are among new proprietary apple varieties being displayed at Produce Marketing Association annual Fresh Summit in Or…

YAKIMA, Wash. — The framework for a $10 million marketing launch of the new Washington apple Cosmic Crisp has been reached between Washington State University and Proprietary Variety Managemen…

OLYMPIA — Agricultural production in Washington grew 4 percent to $10.6 billion in 2017 with apples as the top value commodity for the 13th year in a row, according to the National Agricultura…

TWISP, Wash. — Part of Okanogan County is being added to the state’s apple maggot quarantine in an effort to slow the spread of the invasive pest and protect commercial apple production.

WENATCHEE, Wash. — The 2018 Washington apple crop is now estimated to be significantly smaller than it was two months ago, which should bode well for sales and pricing in the months ahead.